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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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You forgot....

Air conditioning, mattresses and adequately sized beds. I have been to Germany for business twice, once in 1998 and again in 2006. The first time we were able to take the Autobahn from Frankfuhrt to Heidelburg and visit all the castles we could along the Rhine for 3 days (went out of the way to Neuschwanstein, don't miss it) and then we had customers with us the rest of the time. I had two years of high school German so I had a slight recognition of what people were saying and what the signs meant. We had a wonderful time and met some interesting folks. Seemed like it was a voting year and there were lots of advertisements for the various political parties and many politicians in the squares speaking to the crowds. TV was interesting as being in an an american brand hotel, I did not expect the unmitigated porn that was on various channels. The commercials were almost as risque. The accomodations were very americanized, lots of AC, great beds, real pillows. We went to France and into Strassbourg and never experienced any "border" crossing, did the tourist thing and took the glass boat tour, saw the main cathedral, had dinner later at a restaraunt that had been in business for over 400 years. I met some of the nicest people and had some of the best food I have ever had. In my experience, most people had a better command of english than I of German so I tried to use meine kleine deutsch, but most people under 50 just smiled and replied in english. Last time I was there in 2006 I was in Maulberg near Switzerland and that was fairly rural. By the time we left the factory where we were being trained (about 4:00 pm), the town was pretty much closed down. The motel we were staying at was open and we could take the train to a larger town where there was some nightlife. Motel owner was a gracious soul, he and his wife and family ran the only motor inn in town. No air conditioning (it was a heat wave of 85 to 90F), pillows as you said the size of a napkin and prickly, mattresses were about 3" thick, no springs & rather stunted in length and we were lucky because our rooms had a private toilet and a coffin like shower. I got along well, acclimating to the miles long walk every day to and from the factory. Lots of 120 proof cherry schnapps afterwards helps, I guess. Too many prissy southerners (Americans) bitching about too many things, like the owners kids playing naked as a jaybird in their sand box (funny and quaint) and running around the motel, the lack of AC, etc. Too bad because it was a great learning experience to see how others live. I don't know if they ever did another training session like that one. Never bothered me but when I said to our host that I appreciated the chance to experience some "culture" they were kind of apologetic and sarcastic at the same time. It's not all Berlin for sure.

By the way, how do you tell if two Germans are arguing? You can't (if you are American or English)

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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The cartoon solution...

when there is a potential collision, one of the cars jacks itself up on all four wheels and rides right over the other car. Problem solved.

By the time we might have cars that are completely driverless, we could have the flying cars that have promised for the last 40 years or more. That would make ground collisions moot. An air collision is easier to avoid in any case as long as the AI's swerve the right direction. The issue will be if right hand driver vehicles mix with left hand driver vehicles. Will there be a "Correct Side of the Road" in the air?

Here we have "No fault insurance", no one is at fault because EVERYONE pays through the nose.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Hairshirt, Sackcloth and Ashes

The climate change advocates will not be satisfied until we are all living at a level equal with the Middle Ages. I am reminded of "Life of Brian".

Dark, Cold and Damp are not going to cut it for me. Let the climate change advocates be the martyrs.

New nuclear technologies will allow reactors to be less capable of producing weapon grade fissionables and likely be safer over all. We are a long long way from the designs of 3 Mile Island and Chernobyl.

I suggest we think about disposing of any waste in a subduction zone. It will be millions of years before that could surface and by that time will be bound in magma and greatly diluted beyond background radiation levels..

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: The "Patriot Act" won't be allowed to die @Ugotta B. Kiddingme

We really don't know who owns which Republicans.... we can only speculate. The Dummycrats are completely owned by Wall Street, Hollywood, Insurance Companies, Big Media, Cable Co/Telco's etc. because their strings are not very transparent. You can hope but you cannot change the liars "spots". "Keep your plan and your Doctor", indeed the largest lie ever perpetrated on the American people outside of "I am not a crook".

There is a chance, however slight; that the recent Republican victories in the Senate might actually result in some independence from "ownership" now that something could actually be accomplished. You may yet be surprised.

The "Patriot" Act sticks in a lot of craws. It hasn't brought enough results for what it costs to operate and that is affecting billions. However, some of the technology capability has proved useful however intrusive. "An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

Please feel free to bitch about the US, when Putin starts his march across Europe. It's coming...

He doesn't give a shit about NATO or the UN. He will take what he wants just like Hitler.

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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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Re: Still..

And why should we? Because YOU say so?

Any country that practices the kind of propaganda and censorship that THOSE countries do, does not deserve any involvement in the Internet. I'll take the NSA morons and their meddling over the Russians, Chinese and Iranians ANY DAY.

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Re: Clarification Please @AC

If you have an interest in American politics you should really try to learn something.Those letter are after the name of each elected official (R=Republican) (PA is the state abbreviation for Pennsylvania)

The letter after your name is "I" and it doesn't stand for Indepedent.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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I've stayed in even less costly places...

Years ago when I was dating my wife, we used to frequent a small no tell motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda,NY. The place was old and tired but cost only USD $8.72 for all the time we needed it for (4 hrs min stay). Overnight was twice that amount.

We got a very clean room, no bugs, anti-septic really, a working TV with full cable (only watched after we had fun), privacy, quiet, clean shower, towels, sheets and bedspread and almost new mattresses. No cameras or suspicious mirrors. An older quite non judgemental German woman owned the place and lived there with her German Shepherds. Never had a bad comment about the place.

For a couple of junior college kids it was great "Bang for your buck" after dinner and drinks.

Too bad the place is gone now but sure sounds like that Blackpool Hotel was more like the Cesspool Hotel comparatively.

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

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Re: More to the point...

Our elected "leaders" (in both countries) are the biggest liars they can possibly be. They take credit for even the slightest growth and help the government regulations and expenses grow while taxing the piss out of everyday folk. It's a net zero sum game they play.

There are mostly low wage jobs being created because that's all these small business owners can afford. The owners job pays reasonably in some cases but in others not at all. There are few if any high paying jobs being created ANYWHERE. It takes money to make money and no one is lending money cheap.

The dummycrats have been trying to spend their way out of the recession, losing horribly, buying votes by trying to bring amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, and piling on the debt service just so no amount of Republican influence can ever get the US out of the debt trap.

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Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

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5 "Permanent Seats"

So the UN has run out of patronage jobs to give to politicians I would not trust to shine my shoes let alone have any say in the "Internet"? Why in the world would there ever be a need for "permanent" seats anyway? Better to have the seatholder somehow be voted into office in some kind of democratic process, if only this weren't the UN where there is no democracy OR process only GRAFT and CORRUPTION!

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We come bearing internet: Google sends up Project Loon balloons in second test

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Re: Why use Helium ?

Except for the fact that hydrogen leaks through a balloon membrane twice as fast as helium does. That MIGHT be important for some reason.

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'You village peasants: Do you want broadband? Then give up your freedom'

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Bite the Bullet.....

Incumbent Telcos can only be put in their place by regulations. They ALL have made enough money over the years to wire the whole globe several times over.

Way back when the states were creating an electricity transmission network there was the "Rural Electrification" program where government subsidized the installation of the infrastructure to create and deliver the electricity and later the cost of the electricity. Of course every home wanted lighting and refrigeration and that resulted in huge gains in productivity and lowered cost of production of foodstuffs. This in turn fed the cities and allowed them to grow.

The same things have to happen for broadband internet but due to the monopoly position of the Telco's THEY should be required to provide the infrastructure.

They promised (when they charged us the line fee) to maintain the phone lines and never kept up on the promise, they let the lines fall into disrepair effectively stealing our money.

I will guarantee this is the case worldwide. Don't let them off the hook, make them pay. Require them to deliver broadband as a public utility.

If the incumbent won't, many will pop up to take their place.

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'Net Neut' activists: Are you just POSEURS, or do you want to Get Something Done?

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Have an upvote, I agree

I have Time Warner here but no other real competition, I get around 10 to 15 mbs from them most of the time which is okay if I didn't have complain and call them all the time because it goes wonky.

I'd say they oversold capacity if that wasn't a gross understatement. Fios won't be coming here and Verizons DSL is awful especially when it rains as the trunk wires here are at least 50 years old in most places.

If Concrap buys Crime Warner then it will cost way more than the $89/month I pay now, be crappier service, less channels, more downtime, slower internet service (how can that even be possible on cable?), ruder customer disservice people who still can't be understood (will only get worse), and an even worse phone menu.

Where is Google when you need them? They should come in and blow them out in Niagara County.

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Congress was wrong back then and ...

they are wrong now. All phone traffic is digital from the local Exchange CO to the backbone and to the target Exchange CO. Only the last mile or so is POTs (PlainOldTelephone) anymore.

For those who have their home phone through cable then its VOIP service which is completely digital. Every one of the Telcos are ISPs too. They ALL offer some kind of internet access.

There is NOTHING that will make the Telcos maintain or expand the existing network so you HAVE to regulate them. They made trillions of dollars on plain phone service and are still making billions.

ALL the ISPs provide the same phone services and bundle them, every cable or fiber Internet Service Provider is a TELCO. They have made trillions on their services too.

MAKE ALL THE BASTARDS PAY, MAKE THEM ALL TITLE II.

REGULATE THEM LIKE THEY WERE A PUBLIC UTILITY BECAUSE THEY ARE ONE.

I never want to hear about "abusing their monopoly position" about anyone else until something is done about about the Telcos and ISP's! The Telcos have abused their monopoly for over 50 years, let not wait another 50 years for the ISP/Telcos.

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Tax Vacant Property the Highest!

Speculation on property value is one of the problems. All vacant property does is to bring down the value of neighboring buildings and attract breakins and vandalism. If it stays vacant after say 6 months, I say double the property taxes. This will prevent land speculation and help neighborhood blight. You need some kind of rent control for low income so "gentrification" doesn't leave the locals bankrupt.

Next I would make conversion back to housing a simpler activity. A local corner store goes belly up and the landlord wants to make it residential again then so be it. Don't charge them zillions to do it, just permit and inspect the work and be on your way.

Next, regulate the damn insurance companies and prevent them from discriminating against upper level apartments over street level businesses. Those floors are vacant because the insurers think that those floors are automatically dangerous when over the top of a business. They charge the landlord way more if they rent the space. Honestly they are only statistically dangerous if there is a kitchen with certain equipment on the lower floor.

If these few things are done you will find that residents will return to the city centers, businesses will again flourish and blight will be greatly decreased.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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You forgot...

Anti-google front for the EUC.

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Re: 60 year lease

Muppet.... When a company dissolves or goes bankrupt, so does all their agreements and leases.

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If only 0.006% care about BLOOD-SOAKED METAL ... why are we spending all this cash?

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@AC You are on the money!

This is just a means to assuage "white guilt" which is something that ONLY the rich can afford.

Their is no "fair trade" it's just a subsidy.

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Re: Ah, so that's what all the "darknet" propaganda was about.

Echelon is right. ISP's in the states were pressured to put in an Echelon monitoring server into their system years ago. All the Fed's had to say was "KP" and the ISP's rolled over.

Warrant be damned. Too bad, one could say that any conviction based on any evidence garnered by that method is "poisoned fruit" and can't be used against you. But try proving it.

However we live in the Totalitarian Socialist Republic of the United States now.

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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

You can't/don't even read before you react, moron. The US government does not have control over the local real estate. The coast guard regulates vessels but if you tie it up on a dock permanently the locality governs it like they would a house or commercial property. Google was treating this barge like a building and poorly. Obviously, they did not pay enough graft to the right inspectors.

My response had nothing to do with the feds. You Euros don't understand the difference between what is State and Federal and that's not the least of your problems.

Excuse me while I anticipate a few more downvotes from even more morons that failed reading comprehension.

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

You couldn't be more correct as SF want to regulate every linear inch of it's waterfront and their people.

Being one of the most far left leaning (liberal? more like socialist) cities in the world wouldn't help as you mentioned.

Unlike Seattle, Washington (where this idea probably originated) where house boats abound and large wooden structures on barges are rather common and fairly unregulated.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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This is why the Carriers and ISP's......

should nevr be allowed to own the physical networks. The network must be built out to carry the demand and there is no impetus (Other than the threat of title II regulation) for the carriers or ISP's to increase the bandwidth of the network.

The buildout of bandwidth should be regulated by the government as should minimum bandwidth.

If you carry ANY phone or data traffic, you are a telco. As far as I am concerned this does not matter if you are wired or wireless or an ISP.

The wireless providers have tried to separate themselves from the wired phone providers for this very reason. They thought they could get away with not suppporting and repairing the infrastructure like the wired providers are supposed to. (This Maintenance Tarrif costs you and I roughly $5.00/month FOREVER for wired lines and they are STEALING THE MONEY)

But that is not even good enough as the wired phone companies have a HUGE lead contamination liability to look forward to and they REFUSE to fix the infrastructure that THEY built and are trying to go bankrupt instead. Every main multi-conductor phone cable in many places has LEAD shielding around it. Disposal is required when they touch it so they are NOT REPAIRING IT!

Give them all hell, they deserve it and there is not one provider out there that is not a crook.

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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All you do is ARGUE and you are not even a single country.

All I see about the EU and decisions by the EUC is lots of argument, even more than we have over here. Most of the arguments revolve around which Brussels politician gets to be on top.

We have State Law and Federal Law here. State is supposed to cover the local picture and Federal is supposed to cover the big picture. Though they developed over time, they developed TOGETHER as we were one union to begin with. That is not the case for the EU.

What you have for the EU is 28 versions of federal law which never agree on anything.

How can you even consider to be a "union" like that? Let alone have any economy of scale for combining services that can be affected by a union environment (like ATC) from one country that goes on strike all the time.

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Fiberglass Pine Trees

Here in the States where the NIMBY syndrome happens all the time, I have seen cell phone masts camoflaged as pine trees. They have an outside cover over the steel of the antenna mast that looks like bark and the actual emitters are covered by fake pine boughs. All the wiring is internal and the other infrastructure on the ground is contained in what looks like a wooden garden shed.

I have also seen palm tree versions of the same towers for Florida and southern climes.

They even make crosses for installation on churches, a welcome source of income for those who choose it.

Cell towers don't HAVE to be ugly, the telco just needs to spend more money to put these more camoflaged towers or transmitters up. The local VA hospital, many tall buildings, various water towers, electric pylons have all been made into cell towers to make them more palatable.

As mentioned before, our cell system initially was designed to follow major highways, so much so that any cell coverage map looked like a roadmap does, major cities with long narrow coverage between them. Now the map covers almost all of the country except the most remote areas.

That's a lot more surface area than the UK and everything is 3G or 4G LTE.

Coveragewise sounds like you are getting boned worse than we are.

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Feds investigate Homeland Security background checker security breach

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Re: So much money wasted @ Destroy All Monsters

You are the infection and the failure. Idiots with attitudes like you have everyone categorized and blamed before you even know what they are about. There are good people everywhere, even in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iran. Those weren't "wild ideas", they worked when they weren't interefered with by Imams and politicians. Your anti semetic crap is epic fail, clearly obvious, thus pointless .and disregarded.

Being a troll is all you know and the sooner you realize that the better. Smuck!

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Fatty Brit 4G networks SLOW DOWN. Too much Bacon, perhaps?

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Thats an overcrowded backbone.

As 4G demand increases, so should the capacity of the backbone fiber at each cell tower.

However, that does not ever happen.

If it is a shared backbone network connection between vendors on the same Cell Tower then it gets even worse.

The Cell service vendors are doing the same thing that cable internet providers do, oversell beyond capacity.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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Lead in your tinfoil!

It isn't the NSA you have to worry about AC, Apple can't keep anything on iCloud private, even from script kiddies or journo's.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Any Apple Hardware is OBVIOUSLY Overpriced.

Five months ago I bought an ASUS ITX style Z97I-Plus mobo, 4.00 Ghz I7 quadcore (unlocked), ASUS R9280 3 Gig videocard, CoolerMaster CPU water cooler, Corsair HX750 750 watt fully modular power supply, 16 Gig ram, Win 7 Pro, LG Bluray Burner and a 256 Gig Samsung 840 Pro SSD. Everything fits nicely in a slick looking Corasair Obsidian 250D R case.

I paid under $1,300 for everything from Newegg. Since the mobo has UEFI Bios, I could likely make it a Hackintosh if I wanted.

In any case it's the best PC/Media center I could build for the money, I can upgrade it if I needed to, but more importantly it's completely repairable.

Why for god sakes would anyone buy a desktop computer that can't be upgraded or repaired?

How is a Mac mini worth similar money? It appears that it is not. You know the saying, a fool and his money are soon parted.

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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There is no value in......

mechanically reproduced autographs. Of ANY kind!

So there would be no value in "digital" autographs. They would be too easy to forge.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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SUE FARCEBOOK!

In the USA you have a constitutional right to know the complaintant.

Sue Farcebook for everything you can and I hope you win. It's the only thing that will ever "get their attention".

HOWEVER, you are not a US Citizen, and you should really create your own regular website and never use Farcebook or other social media for anything critical. If you were in the USA you could use small claims court for about $30 you can sue anyone (almost) for up to $3,000 but you have to prove damages.

Unfortunately, NOBODY has Zuckerberg type money floating around or their lawyers.

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'You have no right to see me NAKED!' Suddenly, everyone wakes up at the Google-EU face-off

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This is what you get from putting

Public Records online. If you did the crime, be prepared to do the time. That includes having the records come up in a search. All Google does is search for the info YOU are looking for with the keywords YOU choose. You could find the same info from ANY search agent, Bing, Duck, Duck GO or whomever.

Google registers TLDs for the country that the searcher originates from for convenience and legal purposes. People who want to subvert that system arent their problem because Google have done what they are supposed to do for the jurisdiction.

If the EU just wants to make Google it's bunboy, it should be doing the same to individuals and companies who use the web to put data online, because they are more culpable than Google. It is they who are actually USING the tools. Google just provides the results.

If you don't like what you find about YOURSELF on the web, don't blame Google, blame the person who put it there in the first place.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Depressing (I agree)

The problem is they got exactly what they DIDN'T pay for.

If you think you can pay little to nothing (especially for a rocket motor), don't expect to get much in return.

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China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

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Robots don't pay income taxes either...and you can't buy their votes.

The ignorant thing about the concept of robots vs humans is that the robots won't ever pay taxes, without taxes the government won't be able to continue making handouts to the people who were displaced from their jobs by the robots.

This will only fuel the next major uprising so there will be no savings except to some business owner. Even then the business owners who use robots will be the first target of the political unrest.

Ultimately, we need to be able to balance out the use of robots versus the loss of human income.

Perhaps the best methodology is to replace ONLY the jobs that are a constant health and safety problem with robots.

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Boycott this hardware store and others like it!

These people are not inovators, they are cheapskates or worse!

The ONLY reason why they are using a robot is because they will not pay to have a competent human being that would have to be trained. I did the same kind of job in a HVAC warehouse as a kid and it set me on the path to a rewarding career in mechanical engineering.

There is a shortage of jobs that are full time and pay enough to have a family and own a home.

There are too many people working part time, no health benefit jobs because of employment & tax regulations rewarding this behavior from CHEAP EMPLOYERS.

Ban any form of automation that reduces the number of workers, like unattended "tellers" in grocery stores, or other "Robots in Retail".

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Papilloma Virus

As mentioned before HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a common STD that few men get tested for but it tends to concentrate in the prostate gland. It is common in women as well.

In either case it is considered by some to be the primary cause of prostate cancer. Multiple ejaculations (or frequent ones) could have the beneficial effect of reducing the amount of virus present in the prostate.

I find the idea of having multiple partners reducing prostate cancer an issue as having sex these days would only increase the chance of getting HPV dramatically especially unprotected.

Any study about prostate health should have an HPV free control group for both sexual inclinations.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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LED TV's are NOT DEAD!

There will be no more CRT style tv's because they cost too much to make and too much to ship.

LED TV's may be replaced by OLED tv's but I doubt it.

The sweet spot in LEDTV is between 46" to 55" and the prices get lower every year. Even curving the screen doesn't mean people will buy another one as there is no specific reason to do so. 3D was a flop. You only have so many kids to hand the old one down to.

Hey Marketing Morons, listen up. All I want is ALREADY here. I don't need SMART, 4K or CURVED.

I want an LED TV with a digital tuner that works with anyones cable system (and a law that goes with it) and DOESN'T NEED A FRIKKIN CABLECARD, 3 HDMI inputs, fiber, A/V and THAT"S IT!

Though better resolution would be nice, you should have provided that years ago and I won't buy that as a compelling feature now.

Make the price right and I might just buy another.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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@Tonybarry (over reacting ignorant moron)

It is completely approporiate to prevent counterfeit kit from being used.

If you don't want this to happen, don't buy unusually cheap counterfeit chips from strange sources.

FDTI did this to assure that VALID chips do not get confused with counterfeits.

You couldn't possibly be more wrong in calling this a "renegade" driver.

FDTI only have a responsibility to provide working drivers for THEIR products.

Scum sucking rip off artists and any product they make, be damned!

ANYONE who takes their side need to be shunned too!

Including certain developers that might be behind the counterfeits?

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Remind me to give you counterfeit money

A fake product does not deserve any protection. The people who provided the fake part are at risk here.

If you bought fake kit, go back to the vendor and get a valid replacement. No one else is culpable.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Hopefully the peripherals make it in time for the release?

I have not yet seen any peripheral RFID device that will take the NFC comminications from an Android device and port it into Windows.

Let's not have a replay of Windows 8 being installed on non-touch screen laptops apply for Windows 10. The software and hardware BOTH need to be available and compatible.

I'm not buying a new motherboard anytime soon.

Fingerprints, NFC and Facial recognition all require new hardware to be used.

I don't want to give that kind of info to my computer let alone Microsoft.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: With a Maunder Minimum you win some, you lose some (unlikely?? Think again...)

Yoiu aren't going back far enough in time. Try going back to the middle ages 1670 when all of Europe was in a mini ice age! The Thames froze then and later when the Krakatoa cooled off the whole world in the late 1800's. Since science was not particularly accurate back then (or now), we don't really know what caused the first or later cool downs, we can only speculate.

http://www.history.com/news/little-ice-age-big-consequences

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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This law is just another overreaction like "The War on Drugs".

It seems that lawmakers everywhere only know how to over react to topical threats. Simply creating an offense does not equate to enforcing those offenses.

To begin with, these "lawmakers" (EVERYWHERE) don't even understand the difference between hackers and crackers, let alone understanding the principle of the Punishment must fit the Crime.

A 13 year old who hacks into the school records database to increase his grade (get him a job)does not deserve the same inexorable punishment as some one who cracks a banks security and steals the last two digits of every transaction for 5 years (Give him the same penalty as Grand Theft).

No consideration is given in any case to those security researchers who are trying to find out how a particular piece of malware works, the cops know better, then mere possession of malware for any purpose will land you in the slammer.

The general vagueness of the offenses contained in the law is ridiculous as they can grass up ANYONE for almost ANY reason.

And nowhere does it even hint at making the computer user/company being cracked responsible for providing a level of security one would expect for the sums of money involved. Too many get off scott free even though it was THEIR lack of security that allowed the cracker to steal OUR money.

Personally, if the password was guessed and that password is P@ssw0rd, then maybe the real criminal is not the hacker but the user. I think there are some celebutard iCloud users that fit that description.

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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Re: But you also got...

The pastel themed UI and Icons were developed by their marketing department working with junior high school cheerleaders as the only statistical sample used.

"Rome" is smouldering while Tim Cook fiddles.... SJ is already spinning in his grave.

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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

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Re: umbrella this time, we've run out of colors!

We couldn't competently arrange support for the Ukrainian revolution, let alone China. You must have too much lead in your tinfoil!

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Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

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Re: You should be COMPLAINING about Microsoft......@Ledswinger

Look, anyone who reads the comments here already knows about your rampant dislike for Microsoft.

How about trying to be objective instead of reactive? Microsofts "profits" and your comparison to Nokia don't have anything to do with this, your comments are part of your continued effort to push collectivism and you believe that any company that makes huge sums has to give it back to "the people".

Business doesn't work that way. If it does, it doesn't last for long.

All you ever do is criticize a company that is way beyond your control. I'm sure you have managed a company the size of Microsoft or you wouldn't be offering your suggestions. Oohhh... you haven't and you don't.

The flaws that are being fixed in IE are similar in every single browser out there because they use similar processes. Many have been coverered but new ones keep popping up. Microsoft keeps fixing them. They are doing that at a much faster rate than ever before. They are actually doing a pretty good job.

Why not say something positive for a change?

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Instead of COMPLAINING about Microsoft......

you ought to be commending them for actively trying to find bugs and squash them with frequent updates. They (MS) are doing a better job than they have in years, whether you want to admit it or not.

Honestly, the vast majority of PC users have not got a clue about ANY software let alone browsers, El Reg readers are far and away a tiny minority of computer users.

If you have an recent OS that autoupdates, it is going to be safer than sticking with one that does not. Same goes for the browser.

The browser wars were over while AOL was still disc bombing your mailbox. IE won, get over it.

I await your downvotes

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Commerce Secretary feeds digital catnip to NET NERDS

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Multi-Stakeholder model.....

Better yet, Lead, Follow or Get Out of My Way!

If the end game is to actually do something instead of talking about it endlessly then there must be someone or something that makes a DECISION. It seems that there are too many people who want to make suggestions that never go anywhere. Nobody wants to be the decision maker because that makes you a target for blame. Indecisiveness is a critical fault. At this juncture, there are way too many "Cooks in the Kitchen".

We have all seen how ineffective the UN is. Just wait......everything else is just lip service.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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Re: Ulp! (In a way he's right)

22 divided by 7 is 3.142857.

Pi is 3.14159 for all practical purposes. Both numbers round to 3.142 or 3.143 when you consider what the significant digits become.

7 times 3.14159 equals 21.99114858

That's close enough for carpentry, masonry, sheet metal layout, horseshoes and hand grenades.

The error from using that useful fractional version of Pi would hardly be noticeable unless you were using a diameter of several miles.

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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"He's got a pen"...

and he doesn't know how to use it (for Net Neutrality) because the entire Democratic Party (frankly the Republican Party too) has been sucking at the teat of the Telco's for their entire existence. As the party goes so does the FCC. There may be independent ISP's (not enough) but the backbone fiber is owned in some way by a telco.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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@Spartacus (No many times its NOT really their money!)

Far too often these activist investors (Leeches) screw the past and existing employees out of their meager health benefits and pensions while taking out "their" money.

That has got to stop! That money should NEVER be able to be "Borrowed" against or in other words, stolen.

Benefits should never be a part of any company valuation. should not be part of any taxation scheme. They should be held separate in perpetuity.

I say that you should be a voting member as a pensioner or employee. You made the company what it is and should have a say in it's future direction.

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Toys fly from prams as HP rivals stoke FUD fires on its split

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Typical HP Corporate Decisions

This is another blunder by Whitman. Trying to emulate Carly Fiorina is not wise at any rate even if it satisfies stockholders.

If there is nothing left of HP because of Whitmans cuts and splits, then the shareholders are SOL anyway.

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Oi, lobbyists. Cough up your details – EU's new first vice-president

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There's Googles problem.....

Google only spends 1.5 Million Euro on Lobbying while Siemens spends four times that amount.

Now THAT'S transparency!

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